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Momentary Pleasure or Lasting Meaning? Distinguishing Eudaimonic and Hedonic User Experiences

Mekler, Elisa D. and Hornbæk, Kasper. (2016) Momentary Pleasure or Lasting Meaning? Distinguishing Eudaimonic and Hedonic User Experiences. In: Proceedings of the 34rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2016). New York, pp. 4509-4520.

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Abstract

User experience (UX) research has expanded our notion of what makes interactive technology good, often putting hedonic aspects of use such as fun, affect, and stimulation at the center. Outside of UX, the hedonic is often contrasted to the eudaimonic, the notion of striving towards one's personal best. It remains unclear, however, what this distinction offers to UX research conceptually and empirically. We investigate a possible role for eudaimonia in UX research by empirically examining 266 reports of positive experiences with technology and analyzing its relation to established UX concepts. Compared to hedonic experiences, eudaimonic experiences were about striving towards and accomplishing personal goals through technology use. They were also characterized by increased need fulfillment, positive affect, meaning, and long-term importance. Taken together, our findings suggest that while hedonic UX is about momentary pleasures directly derived from technology use, eudaimonic UX is about meaning from need fulfilment.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie > Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodologie (Opwis)
UniBasel Contributors:Mekler, Elisa D.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item, refereed
Conference or workshop item Subtype:Conference Paper
Publisher:ACM
ISBN:978-1-4503-3362-7
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Conference paper
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